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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Breaking Down the Marisa Tomei Oscar Rumor

For many years, urban legend had it that Marisa Tomei didn't actually win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1992 for My Cousin Vinny. If the rumor (of which there is many versions) is to be believed, a confused Jack Palance (the previous year's Best Supporting winner for City Slickers) wasn't able to make out the name on the envelope's card and announced Tomei as the winner since her name was the last to appear on the TelePrompter. Did Tomei really win an Oscar for her breakthrough performance? Was the award actually intended for Vanessa Redgrave, nominated that year for Howards End? Did the Academy launch a massive cover-up to hide their biggest blunder?

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